National Day of Kiribati

national dayThe National Day of Kiribati is on the 12 July (Independence from the United Kingdom in 1979). The day  celebrates the country’s independence from British colonial rule on the 12th July 1979. Kiribati is also known as the Republic of Kiribati in the Asia Pacific region.

National Day of Kiribati

Firstly as you are well of that the country of Kiribati used to be known as the Gilbert Islands. The country gained its independence from former British colonial rule. The independence process started in the late 1960s. Much like other colonial states the people demanded greater autonomy from their British colonial rulers. So in 1974 Kiribati was granted self-governance and the following year in 1975 they adopted their new constitution.

Firstly it took several years of negotiations with the British to finally achieve full independence on the 12th July. The day is celebrated annually as the National Day of Kiribati and is a public holiday throughout the country. The independence process was largely peaceful and was achieved through a series of negotiations. Finally between the British government, the Kiribati government, and the United Nations.

You can also see the National Day of North Korea as well as the National Day of Tuvalu.

Kiribati Public Holidays

Firstly in addition to the National Day, Kiribati also celebrates several other public holidays throughout the year.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
  • Good Friday and Easter Monday (dates vary)
  • International Workers’ Day (May 1st)
  • Gospel Day (July 26th)
  • Independence Day (July 12th)
  • Senior Citizen’s Day (October 1st)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th).
See also  National Day of Nicaragua


Finally these holidays are observed throughout the country and are marked by various cultural and religious activities.